24 Jun 2019 21:23

Protest rally resumes in Georgia

TBILISI. June 24 (Interfax) - The protest rally continuing for the fifth day in front of the parliament's building in Tbilisi has resumed on Monday evening.

The rally is small so far after a recent heavy rain in Tbilisi and several hundred people are attending it, but the number of protestors is growing.

"We are not dropping our demands for the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, the release of all the people detained at the rally in the early hours of June 21 and the punishment for all the policemen who abused their powers," Shota Digmelashvili, one of the organizers of the rally, said.

Today, the authorities granted one of the demands, - holding the parliamentary election under the proportional system, he said.

"We thought this demand would be the most difficult for the authorities, but it turns out that parting with their minister Gakharia is the most difficult for them," Digmelashvili said.

As reported, 240 people, including 80 policemen, were injured during the dispersal of the rally in Tbilisi in the early hours of June 21.